Fabric Analysis – Wovens

April 30, 2020
Portland, OR

This workshop will take attendees through the steps required to analyze woven fabrics, to identify how they were constructed, dyed, and finished. Attendees will gain hands-on experience in identifying yarn properties, including fiber type and yarn count, spinning type, and twist amount and direction. The workshop will cover how to identify the fabric face and back as well as fabric construction parameters, including thread count, warp and weft direction, warp and filling contraction, selvage construction, loom type, shedding method, fabric weight and width, and weave design. Attendees will also gain understanding of characteristics of greige versus finished fabric and learn to identify dyeing methods and mechanical and chemical finishes. Knowledge gained through subjective and objective methods of fabric analysis will be useful in verifying that suppliers have met fabric specifications, as well as in duplicating existing fabrics and developing new and improved products.

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Topics Covered

  • The basic components of a woven fabric.
  • How to identify fiber type, yarn size, type, twist, and configuration.
  • How to identify woven fabric constructions and finishes.

Why Attend

  • Gain technical knowledge of woven fabric construction.
  • Gain an understanding of the effects of different construction and finishing methods.
  • Receive first-class instruction from industry professionals.
  • Meet peers from other companies with similar responsibilities and interests.


This is an intermediate level workshop.  Knowledge of the textile topics listed below is required.

  • Basic knowledge of fibers and yarn manufacturing.
  • Basic understanding of yarn numbering and twist.
  • Some prior knowledge of weaving motions and principles.
  • Understanding of basic weave designs.